P. Smith (post #6716 of this forum) seems to have gotten further than anyone else in seeing the files on the DTVPal DVR hard drive. Can someone suggest software that could be used to extract the files for use in TSReader (or any other program)?
It is stated several places that No one has found a way to access the recordings on the original drive using a computer. (e.g. post #1 of this forum). Using Easeus Data Recovery (Partition Recovery), I was able to recover files about the right size of the stored HD OTA programs, but I was not able to make the files usable.
Here is a compendium of other posts regarding extracting AV files from Dish DVRs:
PVRExplorerPro is designed to extract AV files from earlier Dish DVRs. PVRExplorerPro could extract MPEG-2 files but not MPEG-4. The file system of the DTVPal DVR is sufficiently different such that PVRExplorerPro does not seem to work at all.
The Dish file system has been called:
- DaveFileSystem or DaveSystemDisk
- EFS or Echostar File System
Apparently, earlier Dish DVRs had Linux file systems. Tools such as Ext2Fsd, DishPVRfs, and Linux Reader from DiskInternals were able to see the Linux files.
If a partition is created on the DTVPal DVR hard drive, Disk Investigator will display the drive raw data. DTVPal DVR seems to be oblivious to the partition.
The original DTVPal hard drive is designed to not spin up in a PC. Therefore, use a different SATA drive.
Perhaps the motivation for this work is reduced since a few other DVRs allow easy transferring of the recorded programs. Nevertheless, the DTVPal DVR is such an attractive DVR, I am hoping an elegant solution will be created.